Release Date: Mar 6, 2007
Record label: Sequel
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
Turning 30 last year seems to have had quite an effect on Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble. He grew an impressively bushy beard, released a folk-influenced solo album, My Secret Is My Silence, and curated the recently released Ballads of the Book, a ponderous collection of collaborations between Scottish authors and bands. Clearly, he would like to dispel any impression that these unduly mature extracurricular activities have affected Idlewild's sixth album: its opening track, In Competition for the Worst Time, is power-pop at its most fresh-faced and fuzzy, a wrangle of guitars that throttles Woomble's vocal at every turn.
As passionate as Pearl Jam and as literate as R.E.M. (both of whom they’ve toured with), this quintet of Scots have had a tough slog in America. Though all excellent, none of Idlewild’s past, folk-tinged records have made a domestic dent. The band’s response? Pump up the volume. On Make ….